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Now and tomorrow, the New Haven Free Public Library will transform lives and contribute to creating a strong, resilient, and informed community where everyone can thrive.

The New Haven Free Public Library fosters lifelong learning, inspires curiosity, and builds community through shared access to resources, experiences, and opportunities for all.

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New Haven Free Public Library Recognized as a 2019 Recipient of Nation’s Highest Museum and Library Honor

The New Haven Free Public Library is the proud winner of the 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)!

Read about NHFPL in the IMLS publication, see the IMLS video highlighting this year’s winners and watch our latest series of videos sharing New Haven’s NHFPL stories – find it all here!

New Haven Free Public Library Annual Report 2019-2020

As a community evolves, so do the institutions that support its needs, its direction, and its future. For the New Haven Free Public Library, this past year has been one of prominent milestones, notable achievements, exciting expansions, and deeper connections with the community.

Read the full report.

Growing Together. One City. One Future. New Haven Free Public Library Strategic Framework 2018-2023

Growing Together. One City. One Future., the New Haven Free Public Library’s new Strategic Framework represents an evolution of the library’s role as a cornerstone of our community. Working together—staff, board, partners, and patrons—we will use this Framework as the blueprint for building a dynamic, creative, inclusive, and enlightened library system for years to come. Read the full report.

We now offer to our patrons! Learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve your personal and professional goals. Video courses for all levels cover technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies and more.

Contact Us

City Librarian and Director
John Jessen


Ives Main Library

133 Elm Street
New Haven, CT 06510

Mon - Thu 10-8

Fri - Sat 10-5
Sun Closed

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